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Elder Pearson to Fiji Youth: ‘Know Who You Are’

Elder Kevin W. Pearson, president of the Pacific Area of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told young people of the Church’s Nausori Fiji Stake on the weekend that: “Who you think you are determines what’s important to you." 

"What you believe, comes from what you see yourself as. It determines your attitude and your attitude determines your actions.”

Elder Pearson was speaking to around 500 youth, leaders and parents at a special church meeting north-west of Suva.“A young woman is dressed in what she believes she is,” he added. “Finding out who you are changes your identity, values and beliefs. If you don’t know who you are you will want to do what everyone else is doing and get what everyone else gets.”

Elder Pearson continued: “If you young men know who you are, you will love your wife, love your children and lift others. You young women can change the world by raising righteous children who know who they are. There are young men here who will one day be stake presidents.. you just don’t know it yet.

“Live your life so that one day you will marry in the temple. Spirit children on the other side are praying for you to make right choices. You’re not only the future of the Church, you are also the future of the spirits who will come to the earth.”

Elder Pearson was accompanied in his visit to Fiji this weekend by Elder Daniel Hamilton, an Area Seventy of the Church from Australia.

In his remarks, Elder Hamilton encouraged the youth to learn to recognise the influence of the Holy Ghost and understand how Heavenly Father speaks to His children.

Quoting from Latter-day Saint apostle, Elder Boyd K. Packer (1924—2015), Elder Hamilton encouraged the young people to “learn to listen and listen to learn.”

Local leader, President Alipate Tagidugu, reminded the Nausori youth to “strengthen their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and keep the commandments.”

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